Electrical Repair – To Crimp or Solder?

Last updated on May 4th, 2018

When deciding whether to crimp or solder, consider what method is mostly used by the factory.
If you’re wondering whether to crimp or solder, ask yourself when is the last time you saw a factory soldered joint on your bike?

Most people wouldn’t believe how controversial this topic still is. Should I crimp or solder this connection? Ask this in any forum and you’ll find opponents willing to passionately debate the topic to death.

On one side you’ll find those who will quickly crimp a connection without giving it a second thought and go on with their day. On the other side you’ll find those more than happy to call the first group “hacks” or lazy. They will insist that a soldered connection is much more reliable and has better performance. But who is right?

The truth of the matter isn’t that simple. Continue reading “Electrical Repair – To Crimp or Solder?”

Which is the Best Bolt Grade for Swingarm Spools?

Last updated on May 4th, 2018

If you ever lose the bolts, you might end up wondering what's the best bolt grade for swingarm spools
If you ever lose the bolts, you might end up wondering what’s the best bolt grade for swingarm spools

If you’ve stumbled upon this article, I’m guessing you’ve either lost the bolts that came with your swingarm spools, they’ve rusted, or they’ve started to bend until the point where it looks like they just might break at any moment. Rather than simply buy whatever is in stock at Home Depot, you actually used that meat between your ears and thought it would be appropriate to look up what’s the best bolt grade for swingarm spools. Good for you! The only problem is that it would seem like almost no one lists the right spec. Thankfully, here we’re gonna tell you what you should be looking for in the right bolt for spools or sliders. Continue reading “Which is the Best Bolt Grade for Swingarm Spools?”

Motorcycle First Aid Kit

Motorcycle First Aid Kit

Last updated on May 26th, 2018

There is no need to speak about the risks of motorcycling. Not only is it inherently dangerous given the little protection it provides, but you’re also constantly exposed to the elements with all that that entails. Nonetheless, that only makes the experience even more thrilling and rewarding.

As such, a compact First Aid Kit (FAK), and the skills to use it, should be a must-have in any rider’s kit. Here I’m going to detail what I carry in my comprehensive kit as inspiration for anyone else, as well as some tips. If you have any recommendations or suggestions of your own, I’d be happy to hear about them, too! Continue reading “Motorcycle First Aid Kit”